The Royal British Legion’s commemorative event to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum on Saturday 11th of May 2019. There will be a tea and coffee reception for Italy Campaign veterans and invited guests beginning at 10:30 to be followed by a commemorative ceremony at 11:30. General members of the public are welcome to attend and watch the ceremony and should arrive by 11:00. Monte Cassino and the Italy Campaign This year we will be remembering the heroism, courage and collaboration of the over 200,000 Allied and Commonwealth forces, who came from all corners of the earth, to fight in the battles of Monte Cassino. Their service and sacrifice secured freedom and democracy in Italy and prevented the German Army from transferring more fighting men to France. Allied and Commonwealth troops pushed north with many predicting that Italy would prove to be the `soft underbelly’ of Axis occupied Europe and Rome would quickly be in Allied hands. Despite this the Monte Cassino campaign, from January to May 1944, was amongst the hardest-fought battles of the Second World War. Help us reach Veterans The event will be focused on veterans and it is our hope that as many of those who served in the Italy campaign will be in attendance. If you are in contact with any veterans who you think would like to attend as guests of honour, please ask them to contact the Commemorative Events team by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 020 3053 7015.